Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy 1st Birthday Cooper!

Not only is today New Years Day, it is also Cooper's first birthday!  All day long I've been thinking about what we will be doing a year from now.  I have been doing that a lot the past few weeks.  Thinking about what next Christmas will be like with an almost two year old.  Our families are already starting to make travel plans for the holidays next year for Christmas in Colorado! 2012 is going to be an amazing year...

Ryan and I went to Montana and Wyoming for Christmas this year.  We were able to spend a few days with my family in Billings and a few days with Ryan's family in Powell, WY.  It was wonderful.  The best gift we got was our official Letter of Approval from China.  That means that Cooper is officially ours! It was so fun to share our excitement with our families.  My mother and sister went crazy shopping for Cooper and it was wonderful to open their gifts.  On Christmas Eve, Ryan's family surprised me with a baby shower.  I had no idea what they were planning! I was completely in shock and of course started crying. (I've been doing that a lot lately too) Tears of joy of course! The first gift I opened was the car seat we had picked out.  It had a doll in it that belonged to Ryan when he was a child.  (see picture) Another very special gift was a recordable book.  Ryan's grandma is 92, and it was a recording of her reading the story.  So very special.  I think about what a huge part of my life my grandmother was.  I am so thankful that Cooper has all these people that already love him and they haven't even met him yet. 

Next Saturday we have our final home study with our social worker.  We are also still filling out piles of paperwork to send to immigration.  This process is overwhelming... I'm so glad that our adoption agency can walk us through it. 

I want to wish everyone a very happy New Year! I am completely in awe of all the support from you all.  May 2012 bring you much happiness and love... I know it will for us!

1 comment:

  1. I did not recognize the doll the first time I read this entry.... But now I do... I made this for Ryan for Christmas, I must have been about 15. I made one for Kyna and Jodee too. How cool that you still have it!